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Dr Adrienne Harvey
Dr Adrienne Harvey is a Paediatric Physiotherapist with over 25 years of clinical research and education experience. She spent most of her previous clinical and research working life within the physiotherapy department and gait laboratory of the Royal Children's Hospital.
She completed a Masters of Physiotherapy by Coursework (Paediatrics) in 1998 and a PhD in 2008 through the University of Melbourne. Her PhD thesis examined functional mobility in children with cerebral palsy.
Dr Harvey secured a two year post-doctoral fellowship at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University, Canada in 2008. She currently works in Neurodisability and Rehabilitation on a range of research activities and Monash University as a lecturer in paediatrics.
She has lectured nationally and internationally and is one of the key developersfor an online paediatric physiotherapy education package currently running through Monash University.
- Paediatric Lecturer Monash University
- Senior Physiotherapist, Neurodevelopment and Disability, the Royal Children's Hospital
- 2018 Murdoch Children's Research Institute - Clinical Sciences Research Translation Award
- 2016 Royal Children's Hospital Travel Scholarship
- 2015-19 Melbourne Children's Campus Career Development Award
- 2013. The “Anne McCoy Award" for outstanding contribution towards the advancement of paediatric physiotherapy in Victoria. The Australian Physiotherapy Association
- 2010. American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Travel Scholarship.
- 2006. Best Scientific Poster at the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, USA,
Dr Adrienne Harvey leads a program of research into dyskinesia in children with cerebral palsy and pain in children with developmental disabilities. She leads the national Dyskinesia Research Group that brings together leading clinical researchers from around Australia delivering both discovery and translational research activities.
Adrienne's research focuses on ensuring optimal outcomes for children with developmental disabilities. She has a strong background in measuring the effectiveness of interventions and embedding outcome measurement into routine clinical care for prospective longitudinal data collection.
She was one of the key developers of the Functional Mobility Scale (FMS) and as part of her PhD examined its reliability and validity. The FMS is now used widely nationally and internationally and has been translated into over 14 different languages.
Adrienne's current research focuses on examining the evidence for a range of interventions used for children with cerebral palsy including medications and surgery. She is a Chief Investigator on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy and was recently awarded a NHMRC Translation of Research into Practice Fellowship.
- The use of gabapentin to manage pain in children with cerebral palsy and dystonia
- Pain measurment in children with cerberal palsy
- Evidence based assessment and treatment of dystonia in children with cerebral palsy
- Evidence based scoliosis management for children with cerebral palsy
Select key publications
- Harvey AR, Baker LB, Reddihough DS, Scheinberg A, Williams K. Trihexyphenidyl for dystonia in cerebral palsy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD012430. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012430.pub2
- McKinnon C, Harvey A, Antolovich G, Meehan E, Morgan P. 2018. The Prevalence and Characteristics of Pain in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. Early online.
- Reid S, Meehan E, Reddihough D, Harvey A. (2018). Dyskinetic versus spastic cerebral palsy: a cross-sectional study comparing functional profiles, comorbidities, and brain imaging patterns. Journal of Child Neurology. 33(9) 593-600. DOI: 10.1177/0883073818776175
- Fehlings D, Brown L, Harvey A, Himmelmann K, Lin JP, MacIntosh A, Mink JW, Monbaliu E, Rice J, Silver J, Switzer L, Walters I. (2018). A systematic review of pharmacologic and neurosurgical interventions for managing dystonia in individuals with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 60(4):356-366 DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13652.
- Harvey A, Reddihough D, Scheinberg A and Williams K. (2017). Oral medication prescription practices of tertiary based specialists for dystonia in children with cerebral palsy. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.54: 401-404. DOI:10.1111/jpc.13754
- Stewart K, Tavender E, Rice J and Harvey A. (2017). Identification, classification and assessment of dyskinesia in children with cerebral palsy: a survey of clinicians. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 54:432-438. DOI: 10.1111/jpc.13749
- Toovey R, Harvey A, Johnson M, Baker L and Williams K. (2017). Outcomes following scoliosis surgery for children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 59(7): 690–698
- Stewart K, Harvey A and Johnston L. (2017). A systematic review of dyskinesia scales for children with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 59(8): 786-795.
2018. Harvey A, Paget S, Smith N, McKinnon C, Ostojic K. Chronic pain screening and measurement in children with cerebral palsy: a knowledge translation project. Murdoch Children's Research Institute Theme Funding. $20,000
2018. McKinnon C, Harvey A, Morgan P, Antolovich A. Pain in Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy Alliance Career Development Grant. $16,953
2018.Sangeux M, Harvey A, Reid S, Bear N. The NeuroDisability Movement Analysis Tool. Cerebral Palsy Alliance Project Grant $53,454
2017.Harvey A, Reddihough D, Rice J, Waugh MC and Scheinberg A. A pilot study of gabapentin for managing pain in children with dystonic cerebral palsy. Australian Pain Society Cops for Kids Clinical Research Grant. $30,000
2015. Harvey A, Scheinberg A, Williams K, Reddihough D. Gabapentin to improve pain in children with dystonic cerebral palsy: a pilot study. Murdoch Children's Research Institute Theme Funding $10,000
2015.Knight S, Harvey A, Scheinberg et al. Characterising neurological biomarkers of paediatric myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. ME Research UK £46,231